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A lot has happened in the UFC lightweight division during Kevin Lee‘s absence from the fight game.

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Lee has witnessed the division unfold as he’s been sitting on the sidelines, recovering from two ACL surgeries in 2020.

Lee (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) last fought in March 2020 at UFC Fight Night 170, the first UFC event held behind closed doors in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Since then, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov abruptly retired from the sport; Conor McGregor had an unsuccessful return to MMA, losing a rematch against Dustin Poirier; and former Bellator champion Michael Chandler picked up a first-round knockout in his UFC debut.

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Speaking with MMA Junkie, Lee, who hopes to return this summer against Tony Ferguson, weighed in and shared his thoughts on some of the biggest headlines at 155 pounds. You can get Lee’s thoughts on all things UFC lightweight division below.


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A matchup between streaking middleweights Krzysztof Jotko and Sean Strickland is the latest addition to a UFC event in May.

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Jotko (22-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and Strickland (22-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who both ride three-fight winning streaks at 185 pounds, have agreed to meet, MMA Junkie verified with a person with knowledge of the matchup after Strickland’s management announced the fight Wednesday on social media.

The fight takes place at UFC Fight Night on May 1. A location, venue and broadcast plans have not been announced for the card.

Jotko, 31, hit a rough wall in 2017-2018, when he lost three consecutive fights after winning six of seven to begin his UFC tenure. He’s since rebounded, though, putting together another three-fight winning streak. The most recent victory saw him earn a unanimous decision win over Eryk Anders at UFC on ESPN 8 in May.

Strickland, 29, has had some trying times of his own. He lost two years of his career due to a motorcycle accident, and admits there was some belief he would never fight again. He made a comeback in October, though, and put together a pair of wins in a 14-day stretch, an achievement which earned him MMA Junkie’s “Comeback Fighter of the Year” award for 2020.

With the addition, the latest lineup for the UFC’s May 1 event now includes:Jiri Prochazka vs. Dominick Reyes TJ Brown vs. Kai Kamaka III Dean Barry vs. Mike Jackson Poliana Botelho vs. Ji Yeon Kim K.B. Bhullar vs. Andreas Michailidis Damon Jackson vs. TJ Laramie Sam Hughes vs. Loma Lookboonmee Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Augusto Sakai Krzysztof Jotko vs. Sean Strickland MORE:

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